It has been a year since the Government pledged to end so called ‘no fault’ evictions, commonly referred to as Section 21. After a lengthy suspension of repossessions during the pandemic, ministers have said that the vehicle to phase out Section 21, the Renters’ Reform Bill, will only be brought forward when “there is a sensible and stable economic and social terrain”.
Perhaps somewhat counter-intuitively, landlords, through their national membership body, are now calling for the Government to start work on promised changes. They want the opportunity to be used for fundamental reforms to the private rented sector. These need to be fair and workable for both tenants and landlords and seek to sustain tenancies wherever possible.